It is holiday time, and snow is in the air once again in Studio City, CA. The Studio City Residents Association’s Fifth Annual Winter Family Festival and Festival of Giving will be held at Studio City Recreation Center (aka “Beeman Park”) on Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Studio City Recreation Center is located at 12621 Rye Street, Studio City, CA 91604.
Last year, more than 5000 people got into the holiday spirit and gave back to the community as well at this popular free event, which is presented to the community by the Studio City Residents Association and Studio City Recreation Center. The event, the largest to-date, saw thousands playing in more than 70 tons of snow, with slides, snowball fights and snowman making.
Guests attending the event donated more than 500 pieces of clothing, more than 250 pounds of food, as well as many boxes of books, toys and pet items to the onsite Festival of Giving, which benefitted the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry, St. Charles Service Center, the LAPD North Hollywood Division Gift and Food Drive, Pet Orphans, Aviva Family & Children’s Services and Iris Blossom Charities. Guests also enjoyed samples from local restaurants, craft-making, free photos with Santa, food trucks and many other activities.
This year’s event is set to be even more exciting with special surprises. Beneficiates of the Festival of Giving this year include the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry, the LAPD North Hollywood Division Gift and Food Drive, St. Charles Service Center, Pet Orphans, Iris Blossom Charities, Aviva Family & Children’s Services, Milk + Bookies, and other non-profit organizations. Donations will be accepted at the Festival or in advance from Thursday, December 10 through Saturday, December 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. in park’s main office. Guests are encouraged to bring canned and packaged food (no glass please); new, unwrapped toys; baby diapers, wipes, formula, and other supplies; pet beds and other supplies; new or gently used children’s books (K-12); and new or gently used clothing and blankets to donate for the holidays.
Always a special treat, the event also includes A Taste of the Holidays featuring free samples from local restaurants. As of this writing, restaurant participants include Chin Chin, Gangadin, Lemonade, Local Ice, Mendocino Farms, Pizza Rev, The Village, Tuning Fork, Chantel & Bella and The Front Yard.
Guests who attend the festival will enjoy musical performances by Tom Kenny and the Hi-Seas (Kenny is the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants), Campbell Hall World Drumming Ensemble, CHAMPS Charter High School for the Arts Level 3/4 Choir, Carpenter Cougar Chorus, Schoolcraft & Murray, the Studio City Recreation Center’s Hip Hop Classes, Harvard Westlake’s A Capella Group and the Studio City Rec. Center’s Guitar Band. The Winter Family Festival stage will be hosted by David Burke, star of “Hey Wordy” from PBS Kids.
Parking for the Festival is free with a free shuttle at CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford, Studio City, CA 91604. Supporters for the Fifth Annual Studio City Winter Family Festival include major sponsors NBCUniversal, CBS Studio Center and BLVD Hotel & Spa; presenting sponsors the Studio City Improvement Association, Harvard Westlake and Anita Hirsh; event sponsors the Studio City Farmers Market, the Studio City Chamber of Commerce, the Studio City Neighborhood Council, Star Parking, Studio City Lifestyle Magazine, Alan Taylor Real Estate.